ISTANBUL, March 7 Turkish Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said nobody would be able to prevent his visit
to Germany later on Tuesday and that Turkey would give the
necessary response if faced with hostility on the matter.
Cavusoglu made the comments at a meeting in Istanbul with
foreign diplomats ahead of a visit to Hamburg where he is due to
attend a rally with Turkish voters despite local authorities'
closure of the venue where he had been due to speak.
A row between NATO allies Turkey and Germany escalated over
the past week after German authorities withdrew permission for
three other rallies in support of President Tayyip Erdogan's
plans to overhaul Turkey's constitution and win greater powers.
Cavusoglu called the cancellations "biased and shameful".
Cavusoglu also warned that Europe would return to a
pre-World War II era if it did not prevent the rise of "racist
parties", and said the continent had become captive to populist
politicians such as Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing
by Daren Butler)